Solzhenitsyn in hospital with high blood pressure

Nobel prize-winning author Alexander Solzhenitsyn, who chronicled the Soviet Gulag, has been taken into hospital with high blood pressure, his foundation said in Moscow today.

Nobel prize-winning author Alexander Solzhenitsyn, who chronicled the Soviet Gulag, has been taken into hospital with high blood pressure, his foundation said in Moscow today.

Solzhenitsyn, 84, remained in a hospital in the Russian capital but was feeling better, said a spokeswoman for the Solzhenitsyn Fund said.

She declined to say when he was taken into hospital.

Solzhenitsyn earned international recognition with his harsh critiques of the Soviet system, for which he spent two decades in exile, mostly in the American state of Vermont.

Since his return to Russia in 1994, the reclusive writer has occasionally surfaced to criticise the country’s rocky transition to capitalism.

Recently, he published two volumes on Russian-Jewish relations.

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